Author Archives: Will Ricketson

A Message on the Retirement of Anna Tunnicliffe

  A Message from the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program: Portsmouth, R.I. (Jan. 10, 2014) As Anna Tunnicliffe announces her retirement from Olympic sailing, there can be no doubt that she leaves this level of the sport as an exceptionally successful Olympic athlete. Along her journey, she amassed two World Championship titles, multiple Worlds podium finishes, […]

At the Helm Fall 2013

As we close in on the end of the 2013 World Championships season in Olympic and Paralympic classes, I bring your attention to three notable performances on the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. Each tells its own story about progress being made by Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the team’s pursuit of success in Rio […]

National Team Tour sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance

Portsmouth, R.I. (October 22, 2013) – The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider’s National Team Tour debuts Nov. 7 and brings the excitement of high-performance sailing and first-hand stories of Olympic and Paralympic campaigning to passionate sailors, young and old. The speaking series, which is sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance, will visit yacht clubs around the […]

Bronze for Railey at Laser Radial Worlds 2013

Rizhao, China (October 7, 2013) – With a win in the final race at the 2013 Laser Radial World Championship, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athlete Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) captured a bronze medal. Racing took place Oct. 1-7, in Rizhao, China, where a total 77 athletes competed in the series, which consisted of a […]

Preview to 49er Worlds 2013

Marseille, France (September 20, 2013) – From Sept. 24-29, over 95 international teams will compete at the 49er and 49er FX World Championship, making it the largest fleet assembled for competition in those classes to date. Among the teams will be seven American teams, including members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and US […]

Sailing World Cup Miami to Celebrate 25th Running

Portsmouth, R.I. (September 16, 2013) – US Sailing’s premier event – the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami – is set to return to Miami, Florida for top-level Olympic and Paralympic class racing. Scheduled for Jan. 25-Feb. 1, the regatta will mark its 25th anniversary of delivering elite-level competition in the sailing events selected for the […]

Valuable Knowledge at ISAF World Championships Test Event

Santander, Spain (September 16, 2013) – Eight American athletes traveled to the ISAF Sailing World Championships Test Event, Sept. 9-14, to gain valuable information about the sailing conditions, venue and operations in advance of the 2014 event. The combined world championships in Santander, Spain, will act as a country qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games, […]

View from the waterline, Charlie McKee, Sept. 2013

Well it certainly has been a busy and interesting summer for our team. Many classes have concluded their World and European Championships, and our sailors have been scattered all over places like Ireland, Estonia, Italy, Denmark, and France.  People are out there battling against the best in the world; which is exactly what they need […]

Female Athlete of the Month – Marion Lepert

Each month US Sailing nominates the top performing athletes in Olympic and Paralympic class sailing competition. Top performance at the ISAF Youth Sailing Championship came from Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), who finished 4th overall in the RS:X girl’s (windsurfing) class. Over 350 sailors from 61 nations competed in the 43rd running of the regatta. Making […]

American Sailors: Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha

As the 470 World Championships kick off in La Rochelle, France, among the fleet will be ISAF #1 ranked team Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha. We caught up with the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider sailors as they prepared for the Worlds to talk about competition, travel and the 470. You had a very full […]

2013 Youth Worlds: U.S. Team Sails to Five Top-10 Finishes

Limassol, Cyprus (July 22, 2013) – After five days of competitive racing in Limassol, Cyprus, the 2013 ISAF Youth World Championship concluded with five top-10 finishes for the U.S. Youth World Team. Top performance of the week came from Marion Lepert (Belmont, Calif.), who finished 4th overall in the RS:X girl’s class. Over 350 sailors […]

Olympic Day 2013

By  Newport Beach, Calif. (July 16, 2013) – Sailors participating in US Sailing’s Junior Olympics Sailing Festival at Newport Harbor Yacht Club celebrated Olympic Day on July 11 with special guest Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.), a member of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider in the Finn class and 2016 Olympic team aspirant. Olympic Day […]

Youth Worlds Team Heads to Cyprus

Follow the action on the event live blog, July 15-19: http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/editions/2013/live-blog.php  Portsmouth R.I. (July 9, 2013) – This week US Sailing’s 2013 Youth Worlds Team travels to Limassol, Cyprus to represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth Sailing World Championship. Scheduled for July 11-20, the regatta is known as the world’s leading […]

SKUD-18 Sailors Named to Team

Portsmouth, R.I. (July 2, 2013) – Four athletes qualified for the 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider in the Paralympic SKUD-18 class, based on their results at the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta, June 28-30, in Newport, R.I. Two teams – Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) and Cindy Walker (Abington, Mass.) and […]

SKUD-18 and Nacra 17 Sailors to be Selected this Summer

Portsmouth, R.I. (June 24, 2013) – American sailors aiming for a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have an additional opportunity this summer to qualify for the 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider in the SKUD-18 and Nacra 17 classes. Two events will serve as Team selection events: the C. Thomas […]

2013 Olympic Sailing Night Series Announced

Portsmouth, R.I. (June 18, 2013) – This summer young sailors will learn first-hand about the many pathways to Olympic sailing success as Olympians, medalists, coaches and leaders from the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program—such as JJ Fetter, Josh Adams, Andrew Campbell, Luther Carpenter and Leandro Spina—speak during “Olympic Sailing Night”, a series of speaking events held […]

Silver Medal at Delta Lloyd Regatta – Final

Medemblik, NED (May 25, 2013) – As most American sailors were heading to their local racecourses during the Memorial Day weekend, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athletes were competing in the final day of racing at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, in Medemblik, The Netherlands. Top performance of the week came from Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha, who captured […]

U.S. Olympic Sailing Program Releases Vision 2024 Plan

Portsmouth, R.I. (May 21, 2013) – The U.S. Olympic Sailing Program released “Vision 2024,” its plan to reshape the pathways to the Olympic podium. The plan, which is posted online, represents phase one (2013-2016) with a 10-step action plan. With a mission of creating sustainable performance in all aspects of Olympic class sailing and reshaping our […]